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The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1) (2020 original; edició 2021)

de Namina Forna

Sèrie: Deathless (1)

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Títol:The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)
Autors:Namina Forna
Informació:Delacorte, Kindle Edition, 432 pages
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The Gilded Ones de Namina Forna (2020)

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Deka just wants to be accepted by the village and find her place as a young woman, getting married and raising kids. But when her blood runs gold, marking her impure, she is tortured by the community and finally brought to a place where girls like her are made into warriors.

I wanted to like this so much, and I did find it an intriguing, fast-paced read. However, the world-building fell a little short for me: instead of slowly developing revelations, there were very clear unsaid things that were suddenly revealed. Character development felt that way too: Deka is matched up with a boy to be her brother-in-arms and they fall in love, but instead of scenes where the feelings slowly change from distrust to love, we get a few scenes that very suddenly drop the information that they've become friendly, and then how much Deka wants to kiss him. Still, it's a first novel with an overall satisfying story and a few kinks that may get worked out as she continues to write. I'll look forward to seeing what Forna does next. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 7, 2021 |
The religion in this book is… well, downright terrifying. Mainly because its sole purpose is to confine women into beautifully packaged and unblemished beings meant to serve men. The Gilded Ones is brutal – what Deka and her fellow alaki are subjected to by the hands of men is not for the light-hearted.

I do wish that more time was spent training the alaki and uruni. The alaki have rare gifts and are nearly immortal but in a society that doesn’t even allow girls to touch knives until they pass their test of purity, it was slightly unrealistic that they were able to learn so quickly. No matter their abilities or the teachers. Towards the end, we finally get to understand the reasons behind the extremes that the religious leaders and ruling king went through to accomplish their goal. I was not expecting the monstrous twist revealed either nor what it meant for Deka and her fellow alaki.

Being raised in a small village I believe it was even harder for Deka to break through the rhetoric drummed into her brain by those in power. It grated on me a little bit how she just refused to see the truths in front of her face but when she finally did, it was beautiful and even slightly worth the irritation. I enjoyed the budding romance between Deka and her uruni – it was the perfect amount of sweet to coat the rest of the book just a little bit. Deka and the alaki, especially those closest to her were a shining example of sisterhood and chosen family. My three favorite beings from the book were the sassy but good-hearted centaur-like twins and Ixa the shapeshifter.

I see a LOT of similarities between The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone, and honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. Deka is only sixteen, the book is considered YA, but this book is often dark and bloody – fair warning. Overall, I enjoyed my journey with Deka, and it was a beautifully dark story. I will be on the lookout for book two in the Deathless series where I hope we will learn more about the Gilded Ones and the world that Namina Forna has created. I would like to thank Delacorte Press, Amazon Vine, and Namina Forna for the opportunity to read an ARC of The Gilded Ones – all opinions are my own. ( )
  thereviewbooth | Mar 9, 2021 |
In this novel, Forna has fully realized another world of complexity, with a fascinating culture and religion. The beginning is rather slow-starting as the stage is set for the plot to take off running. We learn about the purity ritual that girls endure when they turn 16, the mores that force all women to be passive participants in their lives, at the risk of disgrace or death. And we are introduced to Deka, the heroine, about to turn 16, who has always been an outlier and feared her differences. From this point the action picks up with the arrival of the Deathshrieks, the brutal creatures who can quickly destroy an entire community and whom Deka can control with her voice. There are issues to ponder while following the lively plot: the subjugation of females, the importance of loyalty and trust, and the value of friendship and family, the power of preparation. As secrets are revealed and the action comes to a satisfactory resolution, it is easy to imagine reading more about Deka and her world in the probable sequels. ( )
  sleahey | Mar 5, 2021 |
Demons and more!

Exciting premise to the story—one that I both loved and hated when I really thought about the society’s racial biases. Only pure bloods are allowed to continue their lives within their villages (even if for women thats along strictly traditional patriarchal lines) The others, those whose blood runs a different colour (gold) when tested are deemed to be descended from so called demons. This is the Ritual of Purity that happens all over the land of Otera when a girl turns sixteen. If other they are used, abused and killed over and over for the economic value of their golden blood secretions.
This idea of the ‘other’ being sorted out and disposed of raises of course the specter of Gladiators and Roman arena ordeals, the slave markets. I kept thinking Hunger Games, but in Otera the rejects, the racially impure must fight to save the pure. So battle slaves are essentially being trained to save the Chosen ones. You’re being selected out and trained to fight in the arena of life, to save the pure bloods from annihilation, but not enough to be given freedom. The yoke of the powerful and righteous remains on the neck of the impure. Training is brutal.
Several tropes are occurring, the training sequences that produces friendships, the fight against monsters, secrets withheld from the main protagonist, unlooked for abilities springing to the fore, the evil within and without, acceptance, racism, parochialism. Despite all this as I continued to read, I became less engaged.
Naming Forna is an exciting new voice. Reading her introduction gives shape to that.
I am sure The Guilded Ones will be well received by many. I became somewhat disconnected as the tale developed and I’m not sure why.
I do love the cover BTW.

A Random House Children’s ARC via NetGalley
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.) ( )
  eyes.2c | Feb 14, 2021 |
**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review**

This was such a great fantasy book. From the world-building to the plot and the characters. I loved it. I also really joined seeing the girls form friendships during rough times and finding comfort in each other. We love female friendships done well!!

The Gilded Ones deals with themes such as racism, religion, sexism, and much more. And it does so very thoughtfully. But there are quite a few violent scenes(like, actual murder), so be careful if you're sensitive to such.

"Legend is what humans call the things that they do not understand"

Deka is a young girl living in a society where girl's fate is determined at the blood ceremony. Gold is the color of demons, and Deka desperately wishes for her blood to run red. She is already unliked in her village, so the ceremony could be her chance to prove herself.
But when the day comes, her blood runs gold.

4.5/5 stars!

Overall, a very powerful read. I'm looking forward to the sequel!! ( )
  AColorfulReader | Feb 4, 2021 |
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